President Aquino proposes a toast for PHL-Malaysia friendship in a Merianda Cena in Malacanang

March 28, 2014 9:38 am 

MANILA, March 27 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday hosted a Merienda Cena in Malacanang after the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

During his toast, the President expressed his appreciation for the presence of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, who came to Manila amid a crisis at home due to the disappearance of a Malaysian aircraft earlier this month.

“Your Excellency, the Filipino people and I are filled with sincere appreciation for your presence here today and that of your delegation — especially since we know full well that you and your government have the heavy responsibility of attending to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370,” President Aquino said.

“I empathize with you fully,” he said, adding that he and the Filipino people are willing to offer any and all forms of assistance to the Malaysian government.

The President noted that it is during the most challenging times when brother nations should stand in support for one another.

He said that the Philippines saw this support from Malaysia in the aspiration to build a just and lasting peace through the signing of the Bangsamoro peace pact.

President Aquino then thanked the Prime Minister for helping the Philippines secure an inclusive and peaceful future for the Bangsamoro.

“There is no doubt in my mind that ours is a genuine brotherhood — one made more meaningful by our shared commitment to advance peace in the Bangsamoro,” he said.

He assured that as the Philippines moves toward its aspirations for Mindanao, Filipinos will never forget the significance of Malaysia’s contributions.

“With this comes our pledge to build on this success…and our promise to continue standing by the Malaysian people and strengthen the ties that bind our nations,” the President said.

Finally, President Aquino proposed a toast for the ever-deepening friendship between the peoples of Malaysia and the Philippines and the advancement of the peoples of Mindanao. (PNA)

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